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Thunderbird pilots fly next to the Tower of Americas in San Antonio.
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Update: Check out the photos in the slideshow above and the videos below. 

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Longtime San Antonio radio news anchor Brent Boller passed away on Monday after a long battle with cancer. He was 63.

Vice President Mike Pence addressed the cadets in person, but parents and others were limited to watching the ceremony online.

Johnny Saldivar / 502nd Air Base Wing Public Affairs

Coronavirus has prompted the Air Force to lessen the number of trainees who report to Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland for Basic Military Training, raising concerns about whether the service will be able to maintain its end strength.

SARAYUTH PINTHONG / U.S. AIR FORCE

For recruits in Basic Military Training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, typical mornings used to start with a pre-dawn wake up to the sound of reveille, quickly followed by an intense workout, breakfast, showers and chores.

Trainees lived and exercised in close proximity. Recruits would hold one another's ankles while doing sit-ups, circle the running track together, and chow down at eating facilities at the same time. Sleeping bays were normally packed with about 60 people.

It was all part of a time-honored system the Air Force used to produce new troops.

Carson Frame / TPR News

Joint Base San Antonio is taking steps to prevent the spread of coronavirus on the installation and in the wider community. Base leaders held an hour-long virtual town hall Wednesday night to answer questions about force protection. More than 31,000 viewers tuned in.

JBSA-Lackland is home to the Air Force's only enlisted recruit training program—graduating about 40,000 new airmen each year. Because those trainees live and work in close quarters, they are especially vulnerable to coronavirus transmission.

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San Antonio awaited the arrival of dozens of California cruise ship passengers to begin a two-week quarantine at Lackland Air Force Base, and worries continued to swirl around the fate of Fiesta.

Carson Frame / TPR News

Airmen who seek to become part of an elite special warfare unit will now start their training at a complex named for Master Sgt. John A. Chapman, a combat controller and Medal of Honor recipient.


Geekdom studio during recorded program as part of the Innovation Rodeo.
Brian Kirkpatrick | Texas Public Radio

Eight teams from across the globe pitched their innovative ideas to transform the Air Force at the Geekdom studio in downtown San Antonio on Friday.

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Dozens of men, women and children -- all American evacuees from China -- landed in a privately charted plane at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio on Friday. U.S. health officials were prepared to house and monitor the passengers, who may have been exposed to the coronavirus outbreak. They will be quarantined at an on-base hotel for two weeks.

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